Saturday, October 08, 2011

ESW: Investiture in the Knights’ Castle in Rhodes, Greece

Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff traveled to Greece last week to receive a special honor. Her report is below.

ESW Investiture #1

Investiture in the Knights’ Castle in Rhodes, Greece
by Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Jesus, Matthew 5:8-10)

“Allah assigns for a person who participates in (holy battles) in Allah’s Cause and nothing causes him to do so except belief in Allah and His Messengers, that he will be recompensed by Allah either with a reward, or booty (if he survives) or will be admitted to Paradise (if he is killed in the battle as a martyr). (Muhammad, Sahih Bukhari, vol. 1, book 2, no. 36)

One of the most heavily criticized historical events — which is frequently employed during “interfaith and intercultural dialogue” — is the Crusades. In the eyes of pious Muslims, imams, da’wa-oriented useful idiots, and apologists, the Crusades are the single worst war waged by the “imperialist Christians” to subjugate the Muslim armies. Furthermore, no other piece of history is presented in such a warped and factually incorrect way as the Crusades.

As chief apologist John Esposito notes:

Five centuries of peaceful coexistence elapsed before political events and an imperial-papal power play led to centuries-long series of so-called holy wars that pitted Christendom against Islam and left an enduring legacy of misunderstanding and distrust.

Source: Robert Spencer, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)

In his book on the Crusades, Robert Spencer adds this reality check:

Guess what? The Crusades were not acts of unprovoked aggression by Europe against the Islamic world, but were a delayed response to centuries of Muslim aggression, which grew fiercer than ever in the eleventh century. These were wars for the recapture of Christian land and the defense of Christians, not religious imperialism. The Crusades were not called in order to convert Muslims or anyone else to Christianity by force.

Among those who fought in the Crusades, the so-called Knights Hospitallers, known also as the Order of Hospitallers are perhaps the most prominent. A concise history may be found here.

This report, however, focuses on the Knights Hospitallers of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta — The Ecumenical Order. The Order’s official website explains that

Today, although the Knights, like the Christian Church, are split into many Orders, our Order is true to the original tradition and operates under the royal protection of Prince Enrique de Borbon of Spain and the late Prince Wasili Alexandrowich Romanov, president of the Romanov Family Association, and son of the last Imperial Grand Master of the Russian Order of St. John (Order of Malta). Along with the other two major Orders of St. John, the Sovereign Military and Hospitaller Order of Rhodes and of Malta (SMOM), and the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John (VOSJ), our Knights and Dames are all bearers of the centuries-old tradition of caring for the sick and the poor and observing the Code that was written centuries ago.

The Motto of the Order everywhere is:

Pro Fide, Pro Utilitate Hominum

“For the Faith and in the Service of Humanity”

ESW Investiture #2I mention all of this because just a few days ago I was honored to become a Dame of Grace in this prestigious order.

In March of this year, during the launch of “The United West”, I had the great pleasure of sitting next to the Grand Master of the Order of St. John, Nicholas Papanicolaou. After my speech, Mr. Papanicolaou invited me to join the Order in recognition of my efforts to inform the public about the Islamization of the West, in particular that of Europe. It was an invitation I immediately accepted.

In preparation for my Investiture, held in Rhodes, Greece, this past weekend, I read more about the insignias and the vows I would have to take and follow. For instance:

Maltese Cross
The Maltese Cross

The four arms represent the Four Cardinal Virtues: Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, and Temperance; while the eight points are the signs of the eight Beatitudes which thou must preserve.

  • Spiritual Joy
  • To Live Without Malice
  • To Weep Over Thy Sins
  • To Humble Thyself To Those Who Injure Thee
  • To Love Justice
  • To Be Merciful
  • To Be Sincere And Pure Of Heart
  • To Suffer Persecution

Or, even more important, the Vow:

Vows of a Knight or Dame

In nomine Patris, et filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

Upon the True Faith of a Christian, may God witness that I hereby vow and dedicate myself as a servant of Christ and the Poor, the first qualification of a True Knight.

I promise to be faithful and loyal to Christ and to be guided by the ideals of the Sovereign Order of St John of Jerusalem: to do everything in my power to contribute to its Glory, Protection, Prosperity, Support and Utility: to combat everything prejudicial to its well-being: never to act contrary to it’s Dignity, but to conduct myself always as a true Knight of Christ: a good Christian and a person of Honour.

Believing that Christ will grant me a special token of his favour, I therefore, in all Humility, Charity, and Respect agree to join with every sincere and Godly Christian of whatever Church, to bring about by prayer and deed the salvation of the Christian World by helping to promote a lasting Christian Unity.

I will adorn my Knighthood with true Charity, the mother and solid foundation of all virtues.

I will wear on my person the Christian Maltese Cross of eight points, to constantly remind me of my religious vow of always bearing in my heart the Cross of Jesus Christ, adorned with the virtues that attend it.

So help me God.

ESW Investiture #3

The Solemn Investiture

ESW Investiture #8

The Investiture is the greatest event of the Order. This ceremony is over 900 years old. Today this ceremony is conducted without change.

I enjoyed the ceremony immensely. The surroundings in the medieval castle, in fact, even the short walk into the castle provides for a perfect setting. In our degraded time, when traditions count for little and are even frowned upon by the soldiers of Multiculturalism, I found it humbling to take part in a centuries-old ceremony, one that is not McDonald’s-style, but carefully choreographed and meaningful. Each point of the ceremony is a symbol, rather than an app. One feels transported back in time, a time when people still had beliefs worth fighting and ultimately dying for.

This special ceremony and its implications strengthened my belief that I am part of something inherently good. It strengthened me to withstand whatever lies ahead.

However, I want to stress that I received these honors not only for my stance against the intolerable manifestations of Islam in our society, but for all my supporters and colleagues around the world. May this honor give you strength as well to continue your support.

At the dinner I was graciously allowed to present my speech, explaining to the assembled guests and newly invested knights and dames the current status of my case.

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for very much for inviting here.

As many of you already know, I was charged last year with “hate speech” in my home country, Austria. The original charge was “incitement to hatred”, based on a seminar I had given about Islam. On the second day of my trial, the judge at her own discretion added a second charge, “denigration of religious beliefs of a legally recognized religion.” I was convicted on this second charge early this year.

What was my “crime”?

Did I say, “All Muslims should be killed”? No, I did not.

Did I say that Islam is evil or demonic? No, I did not.

Did I say that I hated Muslims? No, I did not.

I was convicted for saying that the prophet Mohammed “had a thing for little girls”. I based my statement on the authentic hadith, or sayings of the prophet, which all pious Muslims believe to be true. These hadith agree that Mohammed married a six-year-old girl, and had sex with her when she was nine.

That’s why I said Mohammed had a thing for little girls.

The judge stated that I had said that Mohammed was a “pedophile”. I did not — she put those words in my mouth.

Then, to add insult to injury, she said that Mohammed did not fit the clinical definition of a pedophile — because he stayed married to his bride till she was eighteen! This proved his taste was not just for little girls. Therefore I was “denigrating the religious beliefs of a legally recognized religion”.

This is what Modern Multicultural Europe has come to.

And I am not the only one. I send my thoughts and prayers to a Christian pastor in Switzerland, who is currently being persecuted by the media and is under investigation by her own church.

Islam suffers no such persecution. Its imams and their congregations are cosseted by our governments and given a special status, almost as if Islam were endorsed as a state religion.

It wasn’t always this way. Once upon a time our civilization embraced the separation of church and state, and this is what allowed our culture to flourish. But this enlightened liberal attitude did not spring up spontaneously: it was a gift of our Christian heritage. Jesus pointed the way when he said, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

Islam must not be allowed to usurp the position of a new state religion.

I refuse to be silenced on this issue. We all must put aside our fear of arrest and persecution and speak out against the Islamization of Europe.

No one who learns what sharia law really means want to see it come to their country. No one wants to see women treated as property, or the execution of homosexuals, or the stoning of adulterers. None of us would willingly allow our daughters to undergo female genital mutilation.

If thousands and thousands of us spoke out against these barbarities, the state would be unable to prosecute and imprison us all. If everyone made their voices heard, our leaders could not hope to suppress us.

Therefore we must tell the truth, day after day, without shame and without hesitation. The truth is our most powerful weapon.

Once again, returning to the words of Christ: “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Thank you.

One note to avoid confusion: some readers may wonder about the relationship between the Knights Hospitallers of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Knights of Malta — The Ecumenical Order(r) and the Order of Malta, also known as the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM). I was told that the Order of St. John has no connection with the Vatican as it is an ecumenical order. In addition, unlike SMOM, the Order of St. John does not maintain embassies and does not issue passports, thus saving money that can be sent to the needy. SMOM believes — wrongly so — that it has the right to be the only order that upholds the tradition born in the 11th century. This has been proven to be historically false.

Mention must also be made that SMOM very recently lost a lawsuit in a United States court against the Order of St. John. Not only was the Order of St. John vindicated, but SMOM also lost all of its copyrights in the United States. How this case will affect the SMOM order in the rest of the world remains to be seen.

As the verdict was issued only at the end of September 2011, the Knights’ website does not yet mention this fact. However, there is some background here.


Bourbakifan said...

Crusades were in every respect defensive wars. The Crusades were neither proto-Imperialists nor religious bigot who converted people at the point of their sword.The fact is Muslims were really gunning for them.Crusades were launched as a counter-offensive to the Islamic aggression in Christian lands.

Most professional historians and Crusades know about this fact. But unfortunately their work is out of the reach of the common public.

Here is a famous article by Prof. Thomas Madden , who is one of the foremost Crusade scholar in US
Crusade Mythsadings

sheltiebreeder said...

Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff deserves this award. She has suffered mightily this last year. It is wonderful to see her honored in such a nice way. Pomp, ceremony and a change to get dressed up. What more could a girl ask for? Thanks Greece for honoring an important woman in such a meaningful way. We need positive things to happen once in a while.


Painlord2k said...

Interesting. The people running these Orders and belonging to them are usually fairly rich and powerful, with a large number of connections in society. Rarely they admit controversial people.

Nick said...

This is tremendous news. Anyone wanting to find out more about the Knights of St. John or the siege of Malta in 1565 could do worse than read Ernle Bradford's book, which is now available on Kindle. If anyone visits Malta, do read the book beforehand btw.

Here's the link.

goethechosemercy said...

Rarely they admit controversial people.

I do not consider ESW or any of her opinions to be controversial.
If her thinking had no grounding in the facts, then perhaps you could call her controversial.
But there is no controversy about her research and her assertions.

Painlord2k said...

The point is not her or what her write and say (I agree with her) but the fact a group old as this, with so many influential people inside, accept her in the middle of her fight is indicative of something maturing in Europe.